Department of Physics

Prospective Students

students with mini sumo robots

Learn about robotics as a Physics or Applied Physics Major.

You can begin building and programming robots as early as the second semester of your first year as a physics major.  "Projects in Basic Robotics and Sensors" is a one-credit course that teaches you how to build, wire and program a mini-Sumo robot.  Students take part in a mini-Sumo competition at the end of the course, a competition that has drawn outside competitors from elsewhere in the US and beyond.  (The photo above shows a competition from several years ago, with physics majors Craig Pawlak and Jon Lamb.)  Intermediate and Advanced robotics projects can be done after you have taken "Introduction to Electronics."  In 2008, several physics majors won silver medals for their robots at an international robotics competition in California in 2008.  Come to UNI and learn about robotics and artificial intelligence.